Monthly Archives: February 2017

A Jewel Box of Cakes

I’ve never done any cake decorating myself, but I have a huge interest for cake and pastry design. (See my Pinterest board for proof!) It’s a fresh and fun art form and I love seeing the abundance of creativity and talent out there.

Here are some of the prettiest cakes I’ve seen, inspired by the vivid colours of gemstones.



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A Jewel Box of Cakes, featuring beautiful cakes inspired by the vivid colors of gemstones. Check out for more!SourceGreen Wedding Shoes


Romantic Wedding Ideas with Pops of Jewel Tones - photo by Jillian Rose Photography

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Opal and Ruby:


Source: Sugar Bee Sweets



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Rose Quartz:


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A Jewel Box of Cakes, featuring beautiful cakes inspired by the vivid colors of gemstones. Check out for more! Photo from Style Me Pretty

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alexandrite and citrine

Source: The Perfect Palette

It’s like jewellery…hard to choose!



Real Life Recommendations *2

Beautiful Desktop Wallpaper, as featured on

This is where I share any books, products, techniques or any other good stuff that I have enjoyed and would recommend to a friend. Share your own discoveries in the comments!

This bookBetter than Before by Gretchen Rubin is an incredible book on how habit formation can help us to make lasting change and reach our goals. This podcast explains the idea in a nutshell, though I wouldn’t say it’s a replacement for reading the book. (The podcast is available on iTunes as well)

Better Than Before, a self-help book by Gretchen Rubin. As featured on

This oil: I’ve never used essential oils before so I’m totally a newbie, but I love putting this lavender oil on my wrists before I go to sleep. It’s great for easing headaches and relieving tension.


These desktop wallpapers: A nice digital wallpaper is a little thing that can add a dose of pretty to your day. I love the huge variety that designlovefest provides–for free! This is the one I have on my laptop right now.

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Have a great weekend!

Simple Decorating: My Favorite Etsy Art Prints that Cost Less than $30

Art prints from Etsy that cost less than $30!

Art is a quick and fun way to add some personal style to your space. And it doesn’t have to be expensive!

Here are 7 of my favorite art prints from Etsy that all cost less than $30. If you like what you see, check out the other prints in these shops. I noticed many other pieces that look way more expensive than they are.


Etsy art prints that cost less than $30!

This modern work would add some drama to a light and bright room. $11 for 8.5 x 11

Etsy art prints that cost less than $30! From

A contemporary dark floral with classic style. $20 for 8 x 11


This beachy scene has strong colors but soothing vibes. $20 for 8 x 11


I absolutely love this floral! Check out their shop for more great options. $24 for 8 x 10


A cool twist on a classic bouquet. $20 for 8 x 10


A sweet fashion print with a retro vibe. $30 for 8 x 10


Who doesn’t love some cute cacti?  $24 for 8.5 x 11

Happy Decorating!

Quick, simple, and inexpensive decorating! Check out my favorite Etsy art prints on the machine washable whimsy blog!

Hotel Review: The Confidante Miami Beach

Hotel Review: The Confidante Miami Beach, from #travel #hotel #miami

Best. Pool. Ever.

One nice thing about traveling to a city you’ve already visited is the lack of pressure to “do it all.” When we were in Miami last week, we used some Hyatt points to stay at this lovely hotel, The Confidante. On our first morning we discovered the pool…and pretty much parked ourselves there until we checked out two days later! We literally sat on our chaise lounges for two days. It was awesome. 

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The landscaping is beautiful and they have a separate adults-only pool. It was peaceful and the service was excellent.

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Hotel Review: The Confidante Miami Beach, from #travel #designThey have these lovely little cabanas which cost a fortune to rent, but if they’re available and you ask the pool manager nicely, you might get to hang out there for free. We were lucky 🙂Processed with Snapseed.

Then there are some even fancier cabanas! These come with big screen TVs and free food.

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The design of the whole hotel is retro and colorful, but not over-the-top. I loved the color combos in the restaurant and public spaces.

Hotel Review: The Confidante Miami Beach, from @washablewhimsy #travel #design

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The room was comfortable but lacked space to unpack. It was well-designed but not as comfy or interesting as the public spaces of the hotel. The Jonathan Adler toiletries were nice and we had a side-balcony room with views of the ocean and the Miami skyline.

Hotel Review: The Confidante Miami Beach, from @washablewhimsy #travel #design

Overall we had a great experience at The Confidante. The service, design, and location (41st St and Collins Ave. in Miami Beach) were all great…but the pool took the prize! 🙂


Real Life Recommendations *1

This is where I share any books, products, techniques or other good stuff that I have enjoyed and would recommend to a friend. Share your own discoveries in the comments!

This curling iron. It’s been too long since I bought a new curling iron and this is a quality item and such a huge improvement over what I was using before. If you need more inspiration, Ulta has an amazing free gift deal going on right now!


This hand cream. I have tried many, many hand lotions and I always go back to this one. For real dry winter skin, nothing beats L’occitane 20% shea butter!


This blog post. The Everygirl is one of my favorite sources for inspiration and helpful life tips. I’ve been trying to keep to this list of “8 Things All Successful Women Do On Sunday.”

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photo via The Everygirl

5 Great Blog Posts to Read this Weekend

5 Great Blog Posts to Read this Weekend, including one on how to conquer busyness! Check out for more!


  1. I’ve read a lot of “how to blog” blog posts lately and found most of them to be lacking in solid, helpful information. This post, and others on the Freeborboleta blog, contain lots of tried-and-true tips and resources for navigating the world of blogging.

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2. This is a home I want to spend time in…check out this great post for more. Image via Coco Lapine Design.

image via coco lapine design, as featured on


3. MyDomaine is one of my favorite online resources for tips and inspiration. This post about female business leaders is awesome. Image via MyDomaine.

5 Great Blog Posts, from machine washable whimsy

4. Feeling busy? I loved this post on the effects of busyness and how to fight back.

The effects of being busy and how to reclaim your life! One of the 5 great blog posts featured here on

5. Here’s a great list of self-care ideas. At 101 options, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you!

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Happy Weekend!

10 Beautifully Designed Hotel Lobbies

10 Beautiful Hotel Lobbies, from

Whether you go for minimalist or ultra-luxurious, here are some hotel lobbies with great design to lure you in. This may just influence your travel bucket list!

Doesn’t the 1 Hotel South Beach  have the quintessential Miami Beach lobby? This space looks so cozy, clean, and…beachy.


Check out the lighting!! The Corinthia Hotel London does a great job at classy, stylish interiors.corinthia

The Loews Regency New York does modern luxe just as a cool New York hotel should.


I love how the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is so clean and modern but without any cold minimalism–it looks very comfy.


Could this be the perfect Paris hotel lobby? Gold, dark wood, and shiny marble blend together for the perfect mix of contemporary and classic at The Peninsula Paris.


The lobby at the Dream Downtown hotel feels world’s away from NYC busyness. A drink and a newspaper, anyone?

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I love the bright, homey vibes in the Mendeli Street Hotel  in Tel Aviv.


The W Guangzhou is super cool, I must say! This reception area makes a strong first impression.


The lobby lounge of the Novotel Suites Den Haag City Centre looks like such fun! It’s a great place to tap into your “young at heart” playfulness.

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Classic classiness at its best at The Langham Chicago. Big windows let in lots of light and make for a cheerful atmosphere in the modern space.

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Soooo…where will you be checking in next?